Feb 25 2016

Obituary: Sonia Borg

soniaborgSonia Borg, writer, producer and actor from various Crawford productions, died earlier this month.

Born in Vienna in 1931, Borg studied acting before she and her family moved to India, where her father secured a job as an engineer. Borg joined Shakespeareana International, a theatre company that toured various countries including India, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Her family then came to Australia in 1961, and Borg went on to start at Crawford Productions as a drama coach. She wrote her first scripts for the Crawford drama series Consider Your Verdict and was a producer for later episodes.

She went on to write, produce and appear in episodes of Homicide, Matlock Police and Division 4.

Writing credits for television also included The Spoiler, Rush, Power Without Glory, Solo One, Young Ramsay, I Can Jump Puddles, Women Of The Sun, Ratbag Hero and Mercury.

She was also an actor, casting director, associate producer, freelance scriptwriter and script assessor for the Australian Film Commission and had worked for the ABC. In 1985 Borg was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List for her services to the film and television industry.

Sonia Borg passed away earlier this month at an aged care facility in Apollo Bay, Victoria.

Source: IMDB, AusLit, Otway Health

 

 

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Feb 23 2016

7flix: The first week

7flix_0001The Seven Network has released the first schedule for its new channel, 7flix, which is due to open on Sunday 28 February.

The schedule promises an emphasis on movies — with a movie every night at 8.30pm, vintage movies at 3.00am and movie marathons every Friday and Saturday night.

7flix debuts with eight episodes of Once Upon A Time, followed by the pilot for The Muppets and then six movies.

Other TV titles during the week include The Amazing Race, The Muppets, Quantico and Grey’s Anatomy. Classic comedies include Bewitched, I Dream Of Jeannie, Seinfeld, Who’s The Boss?, The Nanny, Good Times, Benson, Just Shoot Me and Married With Children.

7flix will be available on Channel 76 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and regional Queensland. Carriage of the channel via affiliate broadcasters in other areas is yet to be advised.

The channel will also be available online via PLUS7.

(evenings marked in red)

Sunday 28:

06:00 AM Once Upon A Time: Witch Hunt (R) ’CC’
07:00 AM Once Upon A Time: The Tower (R) ’CC’
08:00 AM Once Upon A Time: Quiet Minds (R) ’CC’
09:00 AM Once Upon A Time: It’s Not Easy Being Green (R) ’CC’
10:00 AM Once Upon A Time: The Jolly Roger (R) ’CC’
11:00 AM Once Upon A Time: Bleeding Through (R) ’CC’
11:50 AM Once Upon A Time: A Curious Thing (R) ’CC’
12:40 PM Once Upon A Time: Kansas (R) ’CC’
01:30 PM The Muppets: Pig Girls Don’t Cry (Pilot) ’CC’
02:00 PM 7flix Sunday Afternoon Movie: Frenemies (R) ’CC’ (2012)
04:00 PM 7flix Sunday Afternoon Movie: Geek Charming (R) ’CC’ (2011)
06:10 PM 7flix Sunday Night Movie: Princess Diaries 2 – Royal Engagement (R) ’CC’ (2004)
08:30 PM 7flix Sunday Night Movie: Love Actually (R) ’CC’ (2003)
11:00 PM 7flix Sunday Late Night Movie: The Unborn (R) ’CC’ (2009)
01:00 AM 7flix Late Movie: Born To Kill (R) (1947)
03:00 AM The Saint In London: The Saint In London (R) (1939)
04:30 AM The Falcon’s Adventure: The Falcon’s Adventure (R) (1946)

Monday 29:

06:00 AM Fish Hooks: Milo Vs. Milo/ Everything But The Kitchen Sink (R) ’CC’
06:30 AM Gravity Falls: Tourist Trapped (R) ’CC’
07:00 AM Phineas And Ferb: For Your Ice Only / Happy New Year! (R) ’CC’
07:30 AM Dog With A Blog: Stan Of The House (R) ’CC’
08:00 AM Jake And The Never Land Pirates: Treasure Of The Pirate Mummy’s
08:30 AM Sofia The First: Just One Of The Princes (R) ’CC’
09:00 AM Henry Hugglemonster: The Huggleflower / Monster Lullaby (R)
09:30 AM Art Attack: Eco (R) ’CC’
10:00 AM Once Upon A Time: Snow Drifts (R) ’CC’
11:00 AM Once Upon A Time: There’s No Place Like Home (R) ’CC’
12:00 PM Quantico: Run (R) ’CC’ SERIES RETURN
01:00 PM Quantico: America (R) ’CC’
02:00 PM Quantico: Cover (R) ’CC’
03:00 PM Bewitched: I, Darrin, Take This Witch Samantha (R) ’CC’
03:30 PM I Dream Of Jeannie: The Lady In The Bottle (R) ’CC’
04:00 PM Who’s The Boss?: Pilot (R) ’CC’
04:30 PM Who’s The Boss?: Briefless Encounter (R) ’CC’
05:00 PM Married With Children: Pilot (R)
05:30 PM Married With Children: Thinnergy (R)
06:00 PM Seinfeld: Good News, Bad News (R) ’CC’
06:30 PM Once Upon A Time: Storybrooke Has Frozen Over ’CC’
07:30 PM Once Upon A Time: A Tale Of Two Sisters ’CC’ SEASON PREMIERE
08:30 PM 7flix Monday Night Movie: You, Me and Dupree (R) ’CC’
10:30 PM First Dates (R) ’CC’
11:30 PM Cougar Town: Blue Sunday (R) ’CC’
12:00 AM Married With Children: Pilot (R)
12:30 AM Married With Children: Thinnergy (R)
01:00 AM Who’s The Boss?: Pilot (R) ’CC’
01:30 AM Who’s The Boss?: Briefless Encounter (R) ’CC’
02:00 AM I Dream Of Jeannie: The Lady In The Bottle (R) ’CC’
02:30 AM Bewitched: I, Darrin, Take This Witch Samantha (R) ’CC’
03:00 AM 7flix Late Movie: Dance, Girl, Dance (R) (1940)
05:00 AM Good Times: Getting Up The Rent
05:30 AM Good Times: Black Jesus

Tuesday 1:

06:00 AM Fish Hooks: Labor Of Love (Part 1 And 2) (R) ’CC’
06:30 AM Gravity Falls: The Legend Of Gobblewonker (R) ’CC’
07:00 AM Phineas And Ferb: Fly On The Wall / My Sweet Ride (R) ’CC’
07:30 AM Dog With A Blog: The Fast And The Furriest (R) ’CC’
08:00 AM Jake And The Never Land Pirates: Invisible Jake / Who’s A Pretty Bird? (R) ’CC’
08:30 AM Sofia The First: The Big Sleepover (R) ’CC’
09:00 AM Henry Hugglemonster: Astrobrix / The Sore Roar (R)
09:30 AM Art Attack: Sports (R) ’CC’
10:00 AM Benson: Change (Pilot) (R)
10:30 AM Benson: Trust Me (R)
11:00 AM Good Times: Getting Up The Rent (R)
11:30 AM Good Times: Black Jesus (R)
12:00 PM Quantico: Kill (R) ’CC’
01:00 PM Quantico: Found (R) ’CC’
02:00 PM Quantico: God (R) ’CC’
03:00 PM Bewitched: Be It Ever So Mortgaged (R) ’CC’
03:30 PM I Dream Of Jeannie: My Hero (R) ’CC’
04:00 PM Who’s The Boss?: Angela’s First Fight (R) ’CC’
04:30 PM Who’s The Boss?: Mona Gets Pinned (R) ’CC’
05:00 PM Married With Children: But I Didn’t Shoot The Deputy (R)
05:30 PM Married With Children: Whose Room Is It Anyway? (R)
06:00 PM Seinfeld: Male Unbonding (R) ’CC’
06:30 PM Seinfeld: The Stakeout (R) ’CC’
07:00 PM Seinfeld: The Robbery (R) ’CC’
07:30 PM The Muppets: Bear Left Then Bear Right ’CC’
08:00 PM The Muppets: Pig Out ’CC’
08:30 PM 7flix Tuesday Night Movie: Click (R) ’CC’ (2006)
10:25 PM 7flix Tuesday Late Night Movie: Any Questions For Ben? ’CC’ (2011)
12:55 AM Married With Children: But I Didn’t Shoot The Deputy (R)
01:30 AM Married With Children: Whose Room Is It Anyway? (R)
02:00 AM Who’s The Boss?: Angela’s First Fight (R) ’CC’
02:30 AM Who’s The Boss?: Mona Gets Pinned (R) ’CC’
03:00 AM Bewitched: Be It Ever So Mortgaged (R) ’CC’
03:30 AM 7flix Late Movie: My Life With Caroline (R) (1941)
05:00 AM Benson: Change (Pilot) (R)
05:30 AM Benson: Trust Me (R)

Wednesday 2:

06:00 AM Fish Hooks: South Pacific/ Assignment: Babies (R) ’CC’
06:30 AM Gravity Falls: Headhunters (R) ’CC’
07:00 AM Phineas And Ferb: Bully Bust/ Backyard Hodge Podge (R) ’CC’
07:30 AM Dog With A Blog: Dog With A Hog (R) ’CC’
08:00 AM Jake And The Never Land Pirates: Captain Gizmo / Jake’s Pirate Swap
08:30 AM Sofia The First: Let The Good Times Troll (R) ’CC’
09:00 AM Henry Hugglemonster: Runaway Dough / The Copymonster (R)
09:30 AM Art Attack: Mexican Wrestler (R) ’CC’
10:00 AM Benson: The President’s Double (R)
10:30 AM Benson: Benson In Love (R)
11:00 AM Good Times: Too Old Blues
11:30 AM Good Times: God’s Business Is Good Business
12:00 PM Quantico: Go ’CC’
01:00 PM Quantico: Over ’CC’
02:00 PM Quantico: Guilty (R) ’CC’
03:00 PM Bewitched: It Shouldn’t Happen To A Dog (R) ’CC’
03:30 PM I Dream Of Jeannie: Guess What Happened On The Way To The Moon? (R) ’CC’
04:00 PM Who’s The Boss?: A Rash Decision (R) ’CC’
04:30 PM Who’s The Boss?: Dinner For Two (R) ’CC’
05:00 PM Married With Children: Have You Driven A Ford Lately (R)
05:30 PM Married With Children: Sixteen Years And What Do You Get (R)
06:00 PM Seinfeld: The Stock Tip (R) ’CC’
06:30 PM Seinfeld: The Ex-Girlfriend (R) ’CC’
07:00 PM Seinfeld: The Pony Remark (R) ’CC’
07:30 PM The Mindy Project: Danny Castellano Is My Personal Trainer ’CC’
08:00 PM The Mindy Project: LA ’CC’
08:30 PM 7flix Wednesday Night Movie: Captain Phillips (R) ’CC’ (2013)
11:00 PM Cougar Town: I Need To Know (R) ’CC’
11:30 PM Cougar Town: Between Two Worlds (R) ’CC’
12:00 AM Married With Children: Have You Driven A Ford Lately (R)
12:30 AM Married With Children: Sixteen Years And What Do You Get (R)
01:00 AM Who’s The Boss?: A Rash Decision (R) ’CC’
01:30 AM Who’s The Boss?: Dinner For Two (R) ’CC’
02:00 AM Bewitched: It Shouldn’t Happen To A Dog (R) ’CC’
02:30 AM I Dream Of Jeannie: Guess What Happened On The Way To The Moon? (R) ’CC’
03:00 AM 7flix Late Movie: Behind The Rising Sun (R) (1943)
05:00 AM Benson: The President’s Double (R)
05:30 AM Benson: Benson In Love (R)

Thursday 3:

06:00 AM Fish Hooks: Live At The Hamsterwood Bowl/ A Charity Fair To Remember (R) ’CC’
06:30 AM Gravity Falls: The Hand That Rocks The Mabel (R) ’CC’
07:00 AM Phineas And Ferb: Der Kinderlumper/ Just Desserts (R) ’CC’
07:30 AM Dog With A Blog: Wingstan (R) ’CC’
08:00 AM Jake And The Never Land Pirates: Pirate Genie Tales (R) ’CC’
08:30 AM Sofia The First: Cedric’s Apprentice (R) ’CC’
09:00 AM Henry Hugglemonster: The Henry Show / Megabouncers (R)
09:30 AM Art Attack: Comics (R) ’CC’
10:00 AM Benson: Conflict Of Interest (R)
10:30 AM Benson: The Layoff (R)
11:00 AM Good Times: Michael Gets Suspended
11:30 AM Good Times: Junior Gets A Patron
12:00 PM Quantico: Quantico (R) ’CC’
01:00 PM Quantico: Inside (R) ’CC’ SEASON FINAL
02:00 PM How To Get Away With Murder: Pilot (R) ’CC’
03:00 PM Bewitched: Mother Meets Whats-His-Name (R) ’CC’
03:30 PM I Dream Of Jeannie: The Marriage Caper (R) ’CC’
04:00 PM Who’s The Boss?: Sorority Sister (R) ’CC’
04:30 PM Who’s The Boss?: Truth In Dating (R) ’CC’
05:00 PM Married With Children: Married … Without Children (R)
05:30 PM Married With Children: The Poker Game (R)
06:00 PM Seinfeld: The Busboy (R) ’CC’
06:30 PM Seinfeld: The Baby Shower (R) ’CC’
07:00 PM Seinfeld: The Jacket (R) ’CC’
07:30 PM The Amazing Race: I Should’ve Been A Boy Scout SEASON PREMIERE
08:30 PM 7flix Thursday Night Movie: 2012 (R) (2009)
11:30 PM The Amazing Race: I Should’ve Been A Boy Scout (R)
12:30 AM Married With Children: Married … Without Children (R)
01:00 AM Married With Children: The Poker Game (R)
01:30 AM Who’s The Boss?: Sorority Sister (R) ’CC’
02:00 AM Who’s The Boss?: Truth In Dating (R) ’CC’
02:30 AM Bewitched: Mother Meets Whats-His-Name (R) ’CC’
03:00 AM I Dream Of Jeannie: The Marriage Caper (R) ’CC’
03:30 AM 7flix Late Movie: Action In Arabia (R) (1944)
05:00 AM Benson: Conflict Of Interest (R)
05:30 AM Benson: The Layoff (R)

Friday 4:

06:00 AM Fish Hooks: Unresolved Fishues/ Hats Amore (R) ’CC’
06:30 AM Gravity Falls: The Inconveniencing (R) ’CC’
07:00 AM Phineas And Ferb: Sidetracked (R) ’CC’
07:30 AM Dog With A Blog: World Of Woofcraft (R) ’CC’
08:00 AM Jake And The Never Land Pirates: Cubby’s Crabby Crusade / The Never Sands Of Time
08:30 AM Sofia The First: A Royal Mess (R) ’CC’
09:00 AM Henry Hugglemonster: Bye Bye Beckett / Pet Party (R)
09:30 AM Art Attack: Pirates and Princesses (R) ’CC’
10:00 AM Benson: Snowbound (R)
10:30 AM Benson: Jessica (R)
11:00 AM Good Times: Sex And The Evans Family
11:30 AM Good Times: Junior The Senior
12:00 PM How To Get Away With Murder: It’s All Her Fault (R) ’CC’
01:00 PM How To Get Away With Murder: Smile Or Go To Jail (R) ’CC’
02:00 PM Grey’s Anatomy: Sledgehammer (R) ’CC’
03:00 PM Bewitched: Help, Help, Don’t Save Me (R) ’CC’
03:30 PM I Dream Of Jeannie: G.I. Jeannie (R) ’CC’
04:00 PM Who’s The Boss?: Sports Buddies (R) ’CC’
04:30 PM Who’s The Boss?: Requiem (R) ’CC’
05:00 PM 7flix Friday Afternoon Movie: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2011)
06:30 PM 7flix Friday Night Movie: Hotel Transylvania ’CC’ (2012)
08:30 PM 7flix Friday Night Movie: Sister Act (R) ’CC’ (1992)
10:15 PM 7flix Friday Late Night Movie: The Lost Valentine (R) ’CC’ (2011)
12:15 AM The Amazing Race: Double Your Money (R) ’CC’
01:10 AM The Amazing Race: Long Hair, Don’t Care (R) ’CC’
02:05 AM The Amazing Race: There’s No Crying In Baseball (R) ’CC’
03:00 AM Who’s The Boss?: Sports Buddies (R) ’CC’
03:30 AM 7flix Late Movie: The Falcon And The Co-Eds (R) (1943)
05:00 AM Benson: Snowbound (R)
05:30 AM Benson: Jessica (R)

Saturday 5:

06:00 AM Fish Hooks: Bye Bye Bea Bea/ Glass Man Standing ’CC’
06:30 AM Gravity Falls: Dipper vs. Manliness (R) ’CC’
07:00 AM Bewitched: Little Pitches Have Big Fears (R) ’CC’
07:30 AM Bewitched: The Witches Are Out (R) ’CC’
08:00 AM Bewitched: The Girl Reporter (R) ’CC’
08:30 AM I Dream Of Jeannie: The Yacht Murder Case (R) ’CC’
09:00 AM I Dream Of Jeannie: Anybody Here Seen Jeannie (R) ’CC’
09:30 AM I Dream Of Jeannie: The Moving Finger (R) ’CC’
10:00 AM Benson: Don’t Quote Me (R) DOUBLE EPISODE
10:30 AM Benson: War Stories (R)
11:00 AM Good Times: The Visitor DOUBLE EPISODE
11:30 AM Good Times: Springtime In The Ghetto
12:00 PM Diff’rent Strokes: Movin’ In (R) DOUBLE EPISODE
12:30 PM Diff’rent Strokes: The Social Worker (R)
01:00 PM Who’s The Boss?: Samantha’s Growing Up (R) ’CC’
01:30 PM Who’s The Boss?: Paint Your Wagon (R) ’CC’
02:00 PM Just Shoot Me!: Back Issues
02:30 PM Just Shoot Me!: The Devil And Maya Gallo
03:00 PM The Nanny: Pilot (R)
03:35 PM The Nanny: Smoke Gets In Your Lies (R)
04:10 PM 7flix Saturday Afternoon Movie: Honey 2 (R) ’CC’ (2011)
06:30 PM 7flix Saturday Night Movie: Guarding Tess (R) (1994)
08:30 PM 7flix Saturday Night Movie: Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit (R) ’CC’ (1993)
10:25 PM 7flix Saturday Late Night Movie: Cloverfield (R) (2008)
12:25 AM Who’s The Boss?: Requiem (R) ’CC’
12:55 AM Bewitched: Help, Help, Don’t Save Me (R) ’CC’
01:30 AM I Dream Of Jeannie: G.I. Jeannie (R) ’CC’
02:00 AM 7flix Late Movie: Having Wonderful Time (R) (1938)
03:30 AM 7flix Late Movie: Allegheny Uprising (R) (1939)
05:00 AM Benson: Don’t Quote Me (R)
05:30 AM Benson: War Stories (R)

 

 

 

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Feb 23 2016

1996: February 17-23

tvweek_170296Cover: Teri Hatcher (Lois And Clark The New Adventures Of Superman)

What’s Up Doc? signs Steven
Just Kidding co-host Steven Jacobs has signed on as the new host of Nine‘s cartoon show What’s Up Doc? Jacobs replaces previous host Catriona Rowntree, who is now working on Nine’s Getaway program. What’s Up Doc? now moves from its Saturday morning timeslot to weekday afternoons and dashes previous plans for an afternoon cartoon show hosted by Plucka Duck from Hey Hey It’s Saturday, for which a pilot had been taped. “The pilot was great but it cannot proceed because of our contract with Warner Bros. They weren’t keen for another character, Plucka, to introduce their Warner cartoons,” a Nine spokesperson told TV Week.

janehall_0003The honeymoon is over!
Weddings host Jane Hall (pictured) has spoken out about her recent departure from Foxtel‘s Breakfast Time program, denying earlier reports that her exit was a condition of continuing on Weddings. “I’m upset that I will not be working at Foxtel any more,” she told TV Week. “But my leaving was a decision I made. It wasn’t a condition of my continuing as host of Weddings. To do both things would have made it difficult logistically, because Foxtel is in Sydney and Weddings is produced in Melbourne. I prefer to put all my efforts into one thing at a time.”

kellypummeroy_0001Bomb scare rocks Talk To The Animals
A recent assignment to Israel has left Talk To The Animals reporters Richard Fitzgerald and Kelly Pummeroy (pictured) fearing for their lives. A small, early morning earthquake left Fitzgerald quietly amused. “I’d heard the guys in our crew saying they’d felt earth tremors, and I was upset that I had slept through them. On our last night I woke up to an earthquake. I jumped out of bed because I wanted to feel what it was like,” he told TV Week. But his colleague was not so flippant. “I didn’t think it was funny at all,” she said. “It was dark and I was asleep when I heard creaking, and then realised I was moving. I thought, ‘It’s nearly Christmas and I’m going to die in this hotel’.” Fitzgerald had also endured a bomb scare at Ben Gurion Airport. “I was standing in line at the airport with my luggage, when all of a sudden people started running out the door and the security people came towards me. I went to grab my trolley but they wouldn’t let me take it. When we go away on stories, we hold deadly spiders and snakes, but when you hear the words, ‘There’s a bomb’ and you’re in Israel, it’s scary.” The bomb threat later proved to be a false alarm.

Briefly…

  • rowenawallace_0004Steve Vizard’s production company Artist Services is developing a daily five-minute soap parody for Foxtel. Shark Bay opens with the premise that the series has already been running for 5000 episodes. Rowena Wallace (pictured) is believed to be in discussion with producers over playing a character not unlike her “Pat the Rat” role from Sons And Daughters.
  • Southern Star Xanadu, the team behind Police Rescue, Cody and Echo Point, are developing a new medical drama, but producer John Edwards is not revealing which network the project is for. Network Ten already has a medical drama in planning, from the producers of Fire.
  • ABC has two sitcom projects in development. Common Law, from Hey Dad! creator Gary Reilly, is set in a courtroom and described as a cross between Night Court and Yes Minister. The other series, Skin Deep, is about two sisters who are separated at birth and reunited at work in a beauty salon. Casting for both sitcoms is yet to be announced.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 28 January 1996): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Better Homes And Gardens Seven Tue 1781000
2 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1656000
3 The Great Outdoors Seven Tue 1640000
4 National Nine News Nine M-F 1626000
5 The Mommies Seven Mon 1567000
6 Home And Away Seven M-F 1547000
7 Movie: The ‘Burbs Ten Sun 1501000
8 Ellen Seven Mon 1485000
9 Grace Under Fire Seven Thu 1470000
10 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1469000
11 Party Of Five Ten Sun 1463000
12 National Nine News Nine Sun 1433000
13 Seven Nightly News Seven Sun 1407000
14 Video, Vigilantes And Voyeurism Nine Mon 1390000
15 The X Files Ten Wed 1379000
16 Movie: Outrageous Fortune Seven Mon 1372000
17 The Simpsons Ten Wed 1336000
18 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1328000
19 The Nanny Ten Sun 1280000
20 Tennis: Australian Open (Finals) Seven Sun 1266000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, February 17-23):
Saturday: Beyond 2000 (4.30pm, Ten) reports on a gadget that stops children watching violence on TV. Gladiators (6.30pm, Seven) returns with its International Series, based in Birmingham and featuring teams from Australia, United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, South Africa and America.

Sunday: In Talk To The Animals (6.30pm, Seven), Steve Oemcke visits a mouse circus in New Zealand where 700 mice are part of the show. In Banjo Paterson’s Man From Snowy River (6.30pm, Nine), Kathleen (Wendy Hughes) is summoned to appear before a Parliamentary Committee after she publishes information about a new railway line. The new series Nearly Normal Nimbin (7.30pm, SBS) looks at the social evolution of the northern New South Wales town of Nimbin, from the 1973 Aquarius Festival to the present day. Sunday night movies are Fire In The Sky (Seven), Leap Of Faith (Nine), The Substitute Wife (Ten) and Europa Europa (ABC).

Monday: In Water Rats (7.30pm, Nine), an abandoned ship, with a dog on board, some scorched bones and heaps of ashed remains, arrives in Sydney waters from Thailand. In the telemovie Cody: The Burn Out (8.30pm, Seven), Cody (Gary Sweet) is called in to help Delta Task Force track down a group of arsonists. In Pacific Drive (11pm, Nine), Tim (Darrin Klimek) realises there is a dark side to Pacific Drive.

donnameiklejohnTuesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Cheryl (Colette Mann) realises the truth about the relationship between Brett (Brett Blewitt) and Judy (Merridy Eastman). In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Jack (Daniel Amalm) has a hand in the wrecking of the surf club. In Blue Heelers (8.30pm, Seven), when a child killer is discovered in Mount Thomas, Nick (William McInnes) gets personally involved and risks losing everything when he’s implicated in the suspect’s death. Donna Meiklejohn (pictured) returns with a new series of audience feedback program Backchat (9.20pm, ABC).

Wednesday: Lifestyle show Our House (7.30pm, Nine) returns with a new series, featuring presenters Rebecca Gilling, Shirley Strachan, Reg Livermore, Tracey Dale and Peter Harris. 

petabrady_0001Thursday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Joanna (Emma Harrison) is shattered by Cody’s (Peta Brady, pictured) cruel jibes. Wild Life With Olivia Newton-John (7.30pm, Nine) includes Simon Reeve‘s report on the booming business of animal trafficking in Brazil. Eddie McGuire returns with a new season of The Footy Show (9.30pm, Nine), featuring Sam Newman, Doug Hawkins, Jason Dunstall, James Hird, Billy Brownless and Garry Lyon.

Friday: The AFL Ansett Australia Cup (8.30pm, Seven) features Adelaide versus Melbourne, live from Football Park, Adelaide.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 17 February 1996. Pacific Publications Pty Ltd.

 

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Feb 23 2016

Ten’s HD message blurring definition

TenHD_0002Network Ten has announced that it will be launching a high definition simulcast of its main Ten channel on Wednesday 2 March.

The announcement, which relates to Ten’s signal in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, follows the Nine Network‘s move to simulcast its main channel in high definition back in November — with ABC set to follow later this year and speculation that Seven will too.

And, like Nine has done with Gem, Ten will revert its secondary channel One to standard definition.

Ten HD will also follow 9HD‘s lead and broadcast via the more efficient MPEG4 format, but this is something that will limit access to viewers who have sets dating not much further back than 2009.

All credit to Ten and the other networks for finally reacting to audience sentiment for access to the primary channel, and hence their premium content, to be in high definition — but there is some serious spin in the network’s message.

Ten’s press release is breathless in its excitement: “For the first time, viewers will be able to enjoy Ten programs in stunning HD”.

Ten seems to have forgotten that it — like all networks — broadcast a simulcast of their primary channel in high definition back in the last decade. Some programs were simulcast in High Definition as early as 2001.

OneHD_0001It was in 2009 that Ten was the first of the networks to ditch the HD simulcast of its main channel in favour of a separate channel, One HD. It gave viewers an extra channel but came at the expense of High Definition programming from its main channel. Eventually, Nine, Seven and ABC all followed suit, replacing their HD simulcasts with separately programmed HD channels: Gem, 7mate and ABC News 24. Only SBS has continued to broadcast its primary channel in both standard and high definition formats.

In effect, Ten is now only going back to what it was delivering to viewers before 2009, but is tripping over itself in its enthusiasm to “redefine how audiences watch their favourite shows” and “transform the audience experience, providing a crystal-clear picture and sharp, stunning images”, like they’re doing something as modern as tomorrow.

Plus, there’s some undue credit given the current federal government where “changes to legislation have allowed us to bring all the excitement of HD to Ten for the first time.” This is misleading at best. It is true that some legislative change was made last year — but that was to give the networks the option to convert their primary channels exclusively to High Definition broadcast and not be forced into a standard definition simulcast as previously obliged in legislation.

What Ten (and Nine) is doing now is nothing that it hasn’t been allowed to do for the last decade or so — in fact, SBS has been doing the same thing all along. The only real difference now is that MPEG4 technology allows more channels to be squeezed in to the limited bandwidth the networks have available — but that is a technical improvement, not a legislated one. And there is so far no indication from any network, Ten or otherwise, that they intend to follow the new legislation and ditch their standard definition broadcast of their primary channel. To do so would risk shutting off the undetermined but believed to be still significant share of viewers who do not have high definition tuners. And no broadcaster, commercial or otherwise, would be game to do that just yet.

Viewers will no doubt love the change to increase access to High Definition programming, but don’t spin the message to be something it isn’t.

The full press release follows:

Network Ten will redefine how audiences watch their favourite shows on TEN when it launches Channel 13, a free-to-air high definition (HD) simulcast of its primary channel, at 3pm AEDT on Wednesday 2 March.

Using the very latest in HD technology, TEN HD on Channel 13 will broadcast TEN’s premium sporting events in vivid detail, starting with the eagerly anticipated first leg of the 2016 V8 Supercars calendar – the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide – from Friday 4 March to Sunday 6 March and the 2016 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne from Friday 18 March to Sunday 20 March.

For the first time, viewers will be able to enjoy TEN programs in stunning HD, including I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, Family Feud, The Project, The Living Room, NCIS and Modern Family.

TEN HD on Channel 13 will also simulcast the brand new content coming to TEN over the next few months, including Long Lost Family, All Star Family Feud and The People V. O.J. Simpson, as well as new seasons of returning local hits such as MasterChef Australia, Offspring, Shark Tank, Gogglebox, Bondi Rescue, Territory Cops and Have You Been Paying Attention?.

The dedicated HD channel will transform the audience experience, providing a crystal-clear picture and sharp, stunning images.

Network Ten Chief Executive Officer, Paul Anderson, said: “Nothing beats watching HD on the big screen at home and we are excited to showcase our sporting and general entertainment content in the highest possible quality.

“There has been a clear, growing demand from our audiences for HD and I’m delighted that recent changes to legislation have allowed us to bring all the excitement of HD to TEN for the first time.

“Network Ten is a clear leader in innovation across television and digital media. Our investment in this area is an important next step in our mission to deliver the very best viewing experience for our audiences,” he said.

Ten has also clarified that there is no known arrangement at this stage for its regional affiliates, such as Southern Cross Ten, to follow suit in offering a high definition simulcast of the primary channel.

 

 

 

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Feb 20 2016

Happy 70th Birthday, Peter Hitchener!

Nine News has celebrated Melbourne newsreader Peter Hitchener‘s 70th birthday with a pre-weekend bash — culminating in the GTV Nine newsroom being permanently named “The Peter Hitchener Newsroom”.

The plaque that marks the unique honour is engraved with the tribute — “the nicest man in television”.

Hitchener started his career in Queensland in the 1960s before moving to Sydney in 1973, initially at the ABC before switching over to TCN9.

In his early days at Nine, as well as working as a fill-in newsreader, he hosted a game show, Gambit, with Ros Wood. The show became a ratings hit at 6.00pm in Sydney and even drew decent figures in Melbourne, where GTV9 scheduled it in mid-afternoons.

Hitchener then came further south, to GTV9, in 1974. After a stint co-anchoring the news with Eric Pearce and over the short-lived News Centre 9 link-up with Brian Henderson in Sydney, he went on to become deputy newsreader to Brian Naylor for twenty years, before being promoted to chief newsreader following Naylor’s retirement in 1998.

Nine News closed last night’s bulletin with a wrap up of the birthday celebration:

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And to help celebrate his 70th birthday, a few flashbacks — starting with Hitchener making friends with a grizzly bear at the visiting Great Moscow Circus in Brisbane:
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peterhitchenerarthurhiggins Source: TV Week, 8 June 1968. TV Week, 11 May 1974. TV Week, 13 July 1974. TV Week, 31 January 1976.

 

 

 

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Feb 20 2016

Help relive the Spirit Of 96!

number96_spiritof96Any regular reader of this site will be very familiar with Number 96, the ground-breaking series that redefined Australian television drama in the 1970s with its radical mix of drama, sex, diversity and comedy. The ongoing stories from within a Sydney apartment block brought a never-before-seen depiction of suburban and adult life into Australian living rooms for six years. The critics despised it, and the censors constantly monitored it, but the viewers loved it.

Number 96 was Australia’s top rating program in 1973 and 1974 and collected four Logie Awards for Best Drama. Pat McDonald, who played gossipy Dorrie Evans, won a Gold Logie in 1974 for Most Popular Female Personality on Australian TV. The series’ success rescued the financially-troubled 0-10 Network and became the envy of networks overseas — with America’s NBC launching its own version almost a decade after Australian TV had ‘lost its virginity’.

While some websites (such as the Number 96 Home Page and Aussie Soap Archive) and books (Andrew Mercado‘s Super Aussie Soaps and Number 96 creator, David Sale‘s Number 96, Mavis Bramston And Me) give an insight into the series, there is still so much to be uncovered about the show that ran for over 1200 episodes, employed hundreds of actors and was watched by millions at a time when Australia was going through rapid social change.

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TV historian Nigel Giles has been recording oral histories with a long list of actors, writers and directors, and is compiling his interviews and extensive TV knowledge in publishing a book, Spirit Of 96 — named after the train that used to bring the Number 96 cast from Sydney to Melbourne to attend the TV Week Logie Awards, meeting crowds of fans as they stopped at stations along the way.

number96_buildingThe book promises a thorough insight to the show that changed the face of Australian TV, including setting straight some of the myths and misconceptions that have spread over the years.

More than 60 people who have been involved with the show, including series creator David Sale, have been tracked down and interviewed for this ambitious project. Some of these people are now no longer with us, so this is a rare opportunity to get their memories now in print.

The book is also set to feature various black-and-white and colour photographs — many not published before.

To get Spirit Of 96 off the ground, Giles has launched a crowd-funding campaign with a target of $10,000, to help cover the costs of design, publication and distribution. More information and details on pledging a donation can be found at the Pozible website.

 

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Feb 17 2016

1996: February 10-16

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‘Jana Show’ takes shape
Details are starting to emerge about the new current affairs program the Seven Network is planning for its new star, Jana Wendt. Wendt, who moved from Nine‘s 60 Minutes for a reported $2 million-a-year deal with Seven, is set to front a 60 Minutes-type program, currently with the working title Dateline, but a permanent name for the program is to be announced later this month. Graham Davis, Tracy Bowden, Paul Barry and Mark Llewellyn have signed on as reporters for the new show — with a fifth also tipped to be appointed. But despite the show’s apparent hard-hitting nature, Wendt’s first story for the new show will be an interview in Tokyo with pop star Bjork. But the Bjork interview isn’t an exclusive, as Hey Hey It’s Saturday‘s Molly Meldrum also flew to Japan to interview the Icelandic pop star. A timeslot for the program, which has a budget of $25 million, has yet to be announced.

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Tammy MacIntosh (pictured), one of the cast of Nine‘s upcoming telemovie McLeod’s Daughters, insists that it’s not the actors that are the stars of the production set on a remote cattle station. “The land is the main character in this film,” she told TV Week. “Above and beyond everything else.” The telemovie tells the story of Claire (played by MacIntosh), a girl whose life is suddenly disturbed when her half-sister, Tess (Kym Wilson), returns to the property after an absence of 22 years. Tess’ return to the property, run by her cattleman father, Jack (Jack Thompson), has far-reaching consequences. MacIntosh, whose previous credits have included Police Rescue, The Feds and The Flying Doctors, says it makes a change to play an emotionally complex character. “In the past the roles I have played have been very physical. This role is far more intellectual. I’m really enjoying it — it has been quite delicious.” McLeod’s Daughters is being filmed in the Barossa Valley, about an hour’s drive north of Adelaide.

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Under Siege!
Blue HeelersLisa McCune admits that in portraying violent scenes it’s not always pretend. “If someone has to whack you on the back of the head, it helps if you actually feel it,” she told TV Week. “It’s more realistic — you’re more involved in the scene. But it’s also much more tiring to work that way.” McCune is referring to the upcoming series return of Blue Heelers, where Constables Maggie Doyle (McCune) and Wayne Patterson (Grant Bowler) are among the hostages in a hospital siege. The criminals responsible for the siege are played by guest stars Radha Mitchell (pictured, above, with McCune) and Simon Wilton. “I’d never even held a gun of any sort before,” Mitchell told TV Week. “The role was a challenge because the scenes had to build, and I had to think about when I wanted the character to peak. It was difficult to do, because the scenes are not shot in sequence.

Briefly…

  • jobethtaylor_0001Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show host Jo Beth Taylor (pictured) is currently touring the country with the stage production of The Rocky Horror Show — but the big tip is that she is set to join Hey Hey It’s Saturday as its new female co-host.
  • Full Frontal‘s Julia Morris is about to host a new show for Seven. The four-part series Great Aussie Bloopers, featuring previously unseen footage from various Seven Network programs, begins airing this week.
  • andrewclarke_0002While the cast of Banjo Paterson’s The Man From Snowy River are waiting to find out if the Nine Network will give the green light to a fourth series, series star Andrew Clarke (pictured) is enjoying a break while making plans to move into film production. “I have a few ideas for projects and they don’t necessarily contain roles for me!,” he told TV Week.
  • Comedian Glynn Nicholas is to make a return to ABC with a self-titled sitcom. Georgie Parker is set to be among the guest stars in the project.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 21 January 1996): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 National Nine News Nine M-F 1669000
2 The Mommies Seven Mon 1541000
3 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1539000
4 National Nine News Nine Sun 1464000
5 Seven Nightly News Seven M-F 1470000
6 The X Files Ten Wed 1453000
7 Ellen Seven Mon 1442000
8 Grace Under Fire Seven Thu 1424000
9 The Nanny Ten Sun 1416000
10 Seven Nightly News Seven M-F 1413000
11 Home And Away Seven M-F 1405000
12 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1405000
13 Hollywood Kids Seven Sun 1378000
14 Weird Science Ten Sun 1364000
15 Movie: Police Academy 5 Nine Sun 1364000
16 The Simpsons Ten Wed 1336000
17 Movie: Matlock — Fatal Seduction Nine Wed 1285000
18 National Nine News Nine Sat 1285000
19 Seven Nightly News Seven Sun 1260000
20 Birds Of A Feather ABC Sat 1248000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, February 10-17):
Saturday: The AFL Centenary Lightning Premiership (11am and 7.30pm, Seven) continues from Waverley Park, Melbourne. Golf fans are in for a treat with the South Australian Open (1pm, ABC) continuing from Adelaide, and the Australian Skins (3pm, Seven) from Sanctuary Cove, Queensland. The life of transport tycoon and media owner Reg Ansett is covered in the one-hour special RM The Ansett Story (4pm, Nine), hosted by Getaway‘s Jeff Watson, timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Ansett Australia airline. In the series return of Beyond 2000 (in the new timeslot of 4.30pm, Ten), Caroline West braves the rigours of Russia’s space training program.

Sunday: Rural affairs program Landline (12pm, ABC) returns for the new year. Golf continues with the South Australian Open (1pm, ABC) and Australian Skins (3pm, Seven). Darrell Eastlake hosts the National Surf League (1pm, Nine) from Kurrawa, Queensland. 60 Minutes (7.30pm, Nine) returns for 1996. The AFL Centenary Lightning Premiership (7.30pm, Seven) continues with the Semi Final and Grand Final matches. Sunday night movies are The Client (Nine), Housesitter (repeat, Ten) and Farewell My Concubine (ABC). Tony Greig and Sunil Gavaskar host the coverage of the opening ceremony of the 1996 Cricket World Cup (11pm, Nine), live from Calcutta, India.

kerriannekennerley_0002Monday: Midday With Kerri-Anne (12pm, Nine) marks the return of the traditional variety format to the Midday brand, with Kerri-Anne Kennerley (pictured) taking over from last year’s co-hosts Tracy Grimshaw and David Reyne. In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Shane (Dieter Brummer) is kidnapped and threatened by criminals. Daryl Somers hosts The Best And Worst Of Red Faces No.7 (7.30pm, Nine), featuring more classic performances from Hey Hey It’s Saturday‘s Red Faces talent quest. Nine’s new police drama Water Rats (8.30pm, Nine) debuts with a two-hour episode, starring Colin Friels, Catherine McClements, Sophie Heathcote and Aaron Jeffery. Four Corners (8.30pm, ABC) and Media Watch (9.15pm, ABC) are both returning for 1996.

Tuesday: Ex-pat Aussie Clive James makes a guest appearance in Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), playing the part of a postman. In the series return of Fire (9.30pm, Seven), Spit (Wayne Pygram) has trouble with his new female firefighter, the headstrong Tex (Tottie Goldsmith).

juliamorris_0004Wednesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Joanne (Kimberley Joseph) accuses Fisher (Norman Coburn) of sexual harassment. Former cricketer Mike Whitney hosts the new action-adventure show Who Dares Wins (7.30pm, Seven), and comedian Julia Morris (pictured) hosts Great Aussie Bloopers (8pm, Seven). Rachel Maza and Nathan Ramsay host the new indigenous affairs program ICAM (7.30pm, SBS). In Pacific Drive (11pm, Nine), Rick (André Eikmeier) and Callie (Danielle Spencer) have a sexy night out.

Thursday: Another golf tournament, with the Australian Masters (12pm, Seven) beginning four days of competition, live from Huntingdale, Melbourne. In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Mal (Benjie McNair) realises that Kate (Christie Sistrunk) must have been more than just a patient to Karl (Alan Fletcher).

Friday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Karl (Alan Fletcher) and Susan (Jackie Woodburne) continue to drift apart, neither wanting to bring up the issue of Kate (Christie Sistrunk). In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Travis (Nic Testoni) and Shane (Dieter Brummer) go overboard out at sea while escaping from a gang of criminals. Bridget Adams and Rob Elliott host the debut of new interactive variety-game show Talking Telephone Numbers (7.30pm, Seven).

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 10 February 1996. Pacific Publications Pty Ltd.

 

 

 

 

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Feb 08 2016

New channel 7flix debuts 28 February

7flix_0001During last night’s debut screening of mini-series Molly, the Seven Network unveiled its new channel, 7flix.

7flix, to broadcast on channel 76, debuts on Sunday 28 February. The channel promotes a heavy emphasis on movies with some TV titles thrown in — including Once Upon A Time, The Amazing Race, Grey’s Anatomy, The Muppets and Seinfeld. No mention of any Australian content making up the schedule.

Unlike recent channel launches 9Life and Food Network, Seven has not entered into a specific content arrangement for programming its new channel, instead just tapping into its existing program contracts.

At this point Seven’s major regional affiliate 7Prime (covering regional New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and the ACT) has advised its viewers that it has no current agreement to extend 7flix to its local markets.

samueljohnsonFor the first night of the official ratings season, as well as unveiling 7flix, it was a big night for Seven. Molly (starring Samuel Johnson, pictured, as Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum) topped the ratings with 1,793,000 viewers across the 5 cities, followed by My Kitchen Rules (1,399,000) and Seven News (1,068,000). Nine’s top programs for the night were Nine News (967,000), Australia’s Got Talent (884,000) and 60 Minutes (607,000). British drama Doc Martin (1,004,000) topped ABC’s night, followed by ABC News (867,000) and Vera (688,000). Ten’s best numbers last night came from I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! (600,000 and elimination 626,000), The X Files (556,000) and Modern Family (463,000).

With Seven NewsMy Kitchen Rules and Molly keeping viewers tuned to Seven for almost five hours, Seven Network recorded a network share of a huge 39.2%, followed by Nine (22.4%), ABC (17.9%), Ten (14.8%) and SBS (5.7%). Seven’s primary channel rated 34.4%, followed by Nine (15.0%), ABC (13.8%), Ten (10.7%) and SBS (4.3%).

Multi-channel results saw Nine’s GO top the list with 3.3%, followed by 7mate and One (2.7% each), 9Life (2.6%), ABC2 (2.3%), 7TWO (2.2%), Gem (1.6%), Eleven and ABC News 24 (1.4% each), SBS2 (0.7%), SBS Food (0.6%), ABC3 (0.4%) and NITV (0.1%).

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2016. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs.

 

 

 

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Feb 07 2016

1996: February 3-9

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The gang of four
60 Minutes producer John Westacott insists that, despite Jana Wendt leaving the program to join the Seven Network, “We’re still the winning team!” Westacott concedes that losing Wendt is disappointing but still has full confidence in his team of reporters — Tracey Curro, Richard Carleton, Charles Wooley and Jeff McMullen. “They are the best television journalists in the country. So I am unconcerned about whoever may stack up against us. Clearly Jana is a great talent, but I wont think it (her leaving) will have any effect on the overall product or the stories we are covering.” Westacott also denied press reports that he was still looking for a fifth reporter to replace Wendt. “I don’t think we need to think about an extra body,” he said. Seven has yet to announce its plans for Wendt’s new much-talked-about current affairs program.

samanthakumeSamantha and Babe!
Wild Life reporter Samantha Kume (pictured) can no longer keep it a secret… she is having a baby. Kume, who also reads the weekend National Nine News in Brisbane, credits clever camerawork for her baby bump to have gone unnoticed by the public. “The cameras have been kind,” she told TV Week. “I am amazed we have been able to keep it a secret.”

Aussie stars stalked in LA
Former Home And Away stars Julian McMahon and Alistair MacDougall have become the target of a stalker while living in LA. The incident occurred just before Christmas when the pair were sharing a flat in Hollywood. “We were sitting at a restaurant and there was a guy sitting next to us. He was a psycho — a freaky looking guy,” MacDougall told TV Week. “He was staring at us the whole meal and when we left he was parked across the street and ran so quickly to get to his car he nearly got hit.” The pair drove off, and their stalker followed them home. “We were getting seriously scared.” Although both actors managed to score some high profile roles when first arriving in LA, the last 12 months have been quieter. “It’s hard, but LA is definitely home,” McMahon told TV Week. “You’ve got to keep plugging away and wait for that big one.”

TV Turns 40: Daryl’s Saturday Night Fever

darylsomersossieostrich_0002“Long-running hit show Hey Hey It’s Saturday would never get off the ground today, according to its host, Daryl Somers. Daryl, who has hosted the show since it began 25 years ago, says the concept is too risky for today’s networks. “If you walked into a producer’s office and told them what the show was about, you’d have no hope.” Daryl said it was Graham Kennedy who inspired him to follow a career into television. “I used to watch Graham on In Melbourne Tonight in the Sixties, and I’d think, ‘Gosh, what a great job. He looks like he’s having so much fun’. And he was, of course. I never, ever though then that I would end up being in a similar situation on a TV show where I could have so much fun for 25 years.” Daryl started on Hey Hey It’s Saturday appearing between cartoons. “I was the Sophie Lee of the Seventies!” he says. “Eventually the banter between Ossie (Ostrich) and me took over the show and we got rid of the cartoons,” Daryl says. “The show sort of fell together! John (Blackman) happened to be rostered on as a voice-over man one weekend. It was a three-hour show then and I used to ask what the weather was like outside. John came up with some pretty funny answers, so we made sure he was rostered on every weekend from then on!”.”

bridgetadamsrobelliottBriefly…

  • The Great Outdoors reporter Bridget Adams and radio man Rob Elliott (pictured) have been signed up to host Seven‘s new interactive entertainment show, Talking Telephone Numbers. Based on a UK program, the live show features variety acts which will be used to generate numbers. Viewers will have the chance to win up to $50,000 if the seven numbers generated during the show match the last six digits of their telephone number in any order.
  • Weddings host Jane Hall has not had her contract renewed for hosting Foxtel‘s Breakfast Time program. It was earlier suspected that Hall would lose the Weddings gig on the back of hosting the Foxtel show with former E Street star Scott McRae… when actually the reverse has happened. Alyssa-Jane Cook is tipped to replace Hall as McRae’s co-host.
  • Filming has begun in Perth on Network Ten‘s new drama Sweat. The series, based on a group of young Aussie athletes with hopes of Olympic gold, features Martin Henderson (Echo Point), Melissa Thomas (E Street), Inge Hornstra (Heartbreak High) and newcomer Heath Ledger. Sweat is a production of Barron Films, which is also working on a series of telemovies for the Seven Network as a spin-off from the 1988 Australian film Shame.
  • A Frontline cast member tells TV Week that the popular ABC series, with two seasons under its belt, won’t be back in production until 1997.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 14 January 1996): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 National Nine News Nine Sat 2081000
2 Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka (night) Nine Tue 1654000
3 National Nine News Nine M-F 1637000
4 The X Files Ten Wed 1597000
5 Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka (night) Nine Thu 1580000
6 Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka (day) Nine Sat 1558000
7 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1530000
8 Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka (night) Nine Sun 1422000
9 The Mommies Seven Mon 1420000
10 Home And Away Seven M-F 1395000
11 Seven Nightly News Seven Sun 1386000
12 National Nine News Nine Sun 1378000
13 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1360000
14 Movie: Days Of Thunder Seven Sun 1311000
15 Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka (night) Nine Sat 1299000
16 The Simpsons Ten Wed 1279000
17 Seven Nightly News Seven M-F 1270000
18 Ellen Seven Mon 1260000
19 University Hospital Ten Tue 1244000
20 Grace Under Fire Seven Thu 1190000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, February 3-9):
Saturday: The Mercantile Mutual Cup (9.59am, Nine), Tasmania versus Queensland, is live from Hobart.

Sunday: Current affairs programs Business Sunday (8am, Nine) and Sunday (9am, Nine) return for the new year. The Mercantile Mutual Cup (11am, Nine), NSW versus South Australia, is live from Sydney. Indigenous activist Lois O’Donoghue is featured in Australian Biography (7pm, SBS). Sunday night movies are Men At Work (repeat, Seven), Flashback (repeat, Nine), Mississippi Burning (repeat, Ten) and A Month In The Country (ABC).

Monday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Irene (Lynne McGranger) tells Marilyn (Emily Symons) that she wants a baby. Sandra Sully hosts the special John Howard: True Colours (7.30pm, Ten), a profile of Opposition Leader John Howard, featuring interviews by Paul Bongiorno. In Pacific Drive (11.15pm, Nine), with the inquest into the death of Sonia Kingsley well underway, Trey Devlin (Lloyd Morris) continues to criticise the beach patrol.

Tuesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Danni (Eliza Szonert) decides to drop out of school after a shocking first day. Last night’s John Howard special is followed up tonight with Paul Keating: True Colours (7.30pm, Ten), featuring Prime Minister Paul Keating, hosted by Sandra Sully with interviews again by Paul Bongiorno.

Wednesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Joanne (Kimberley Joseph) destroys Steven’s (Adam Willits) chances with Lindsay (Kate Agnew). Documentary Shifting Sands (7.30pm, SBS) features Arabic women in Australia sharing their experiences with dance, art, sex, marriage, racism, stereotyping and politics.

Thursday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Luke (Bernard Curry) is on cloud nine after a romantic evening with Nadia (Dale Stevens).

Friday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Shane (Dieter Brummer) is in a life threatening situation. Footy season is almost back, with the AFL Centenary Lightning Premiership (7.30pm, Seven) starting with Round One matches North Melbourne versus Melbourne, Fitzroy versus Collingwood, St Kilda versus Hawthorn and Brisbane versus Carlton, live from Waverley Park, Melbourne.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 3 February 1996. Pacific Publications Pty Ltd.

 

 

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Feb 05 2016

1996: January 27-February 2

tvweek_270196Kimberley’s hush-hush UK deal
Former Neighbours star Kimberley Davies has been playing to packed houses in the UK in the pantomime Goldilocks And The Three Bears. And when panto season is over, Davies is expected to stay in the UK to work on a top secret TV project. “I’ve got something else here (in England) that I’m not really allowed to talk about because it’s not definite yet,” she told TV Week. “I’m going to stay here for a little while then I’m coming back to Australia for a couple of things.” But although she’s remaining in the UK for the time being, Australian viewers will see her back on screens shortly in a new series of Just Kidding. Davies has replaced former co-host Sofie Formica which she says is part of her plan to diversify her career. “I think it’s good to do lots of different things,” she said. “That’s the reason I’m doing panto — doing live theatre is a different experience.” Davies has also not ruled out doing another series of Just Kidding should it continue to rate well. “Steve Jacobs (pictured with Davies) is so great to work with. He’s just hilarious.”

kimberleyjosephadamwillitsSummer Bay’s bad girl is back!
Gladiators co-host Kimberley Joseph is set to make a return visit to Seven‘s Home And Away, reprising the role of Angel’s (Melissa George) bitchy old school-chum, Joanne. This time around, Joanne is suspected of selling drugs to local school children and there is romance on the horizon with school teacher Steven (Adam Willits, pictured with Joseph). “She gets her just desserts, but, who knows — there is every possibility she could be back,” Joseph told TV Week. As well as Home And Away, Joseph’s profile in the UK has been boosted by her hosting of the international series of Gladiators and she is about to star in a stage production of Only When I Laugh, co-starring with Keeping Up Appearances actor Geoffrey Hughes.

TV Turns 40: Aussie TV Grows Up

jackthompson_0001“Country towns, war zones, tough suburban schools, the Gold Rush era, and the navy have all been locations for Australian dramas, but they all had one thing in common — their popularity. Like their cousins, the soaps, Australian dramas feature a mix of storylines, characters, and social issues. Where they differ is in their conclusion — the threads of the stories are tied up in a nice little package at the end of an episode, while in a soap the saga goes on. From there the line blurs, with quality soaps like A Country Practice (1981-94) focusing on the lives of the people of Wandin Valley, medical conditions and social issues. Guest actors were also gainfully employed in the Seven Network‘s Rafferty’s Rules (1987-90), where a pre-Blue Heelers John Wood took the role of a tough but fair stipendiary magistrate. Catherine Wilkin, who played public prosecutor Pauline Grey in Rafferty’s Rules, went on to star in Embassy (1990-92), which had the distinction of being the first Grundy series sold to the ABC. Set in the fictitious south-east Asian country of Ragaan, the show revolved around the lives of the staff of the Australian embassy. Everybody remembers The Sullivans (1976-82) brought our grandparents’ sepia-toned memories of “The War” to our screens in living colour. And before The Sullivans came Spyforce (1971), featuring Jack Thompson (pictured), and later Nick Tate, as an Aussie commando battling the Japanese in World War II.”

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  • Reading The Phone Book is among the projects on ABC‘s drama slate. The series of six monologues, inspired by the BBC‘s Talking Heads, is in the early stages of development, with producers talking to Magda Szubanski, Robyn Archer, Reg Livermore and John Clarke about starring roles.
  • Stefanie Powers and Robert Wagner are set to star in yet another Hart To Hart reunion telemovie… but this time the action takes place in Australia. Wagner has been in Sydney auditioning actors for the 15 roles in the telemovie, which will eventually screen here on the Ten Network.
  • Actor John Hargreaves, star of many Australian film and television productions, has died at the age of 50 from an AIDS-related illness. The actor. who had appeared in TV dramas including Young Ramsay, The Dismissal, The Heroes, The Leaving Of Liverpool, Blue Murder and GP, is remembered for his resilience and humour. David Elfick, who had hired Hargreaves to play the part of a farmer in the recent film production No Worries, was aware that Hargreaves was unwell during filming. “It’s an insidious and debilitating disease, but you were completely unaware of this with John,” Elfick told TV Week. “He just went ahead with his work.”

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 7 January 1996): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 National Nine News Nine Sun 1828000
2 National Nine News Nine M-F 1750000
3 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1658000
4 Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka (night) Nine Fri 1545000
5 Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka (night) Nine Tue 1437000
6 Full Frontal Seven Thu 1413000
7 Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka (night) Nine Wed 1412000
8 Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka (day 4) Nine Sun 1380000
9 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1375000
10 The Mommies Seven Mon 1360000
11 The Nanny Ten Sun 1310000
12 National Nine News Nine Sat 1282000
13 Grace Under Fire Seven Thu 1265000
14 Ellen Seven Mon 1263000
15 The Great Outdoors Seven M-F 1255000
16 Movie: Pacific Heights Seven Sun 1243000
17 Heartbeat ABC Sat 1217000
18 Party Of Five Ten Sun 1179000
19 Seven Nightly News Seven M-F 1173000
20 Movie: Supergrass Ten Mon 1146000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, January 27-February 2):
Saturday: The Third Test: Australia v Sri Lanka (11.20am, Nine) continues through to Monday, live from Adelaide. The Australian Open (1pm, Seven) featured the Women’s Singles and Men’s Doubles Finals matches, live from the National Tennis Centre, Melbourne.

Sunday: The Australian Open (12pm, Seven) comes to a close with the Men’s Singles Final and Women’s Doubles Final. Sunday night movies are Mr Saturday Night (Seven), Mona Lisa (repeat, Nine) and The ‘Burbs (repeat, Ten).

brigitteduclosMonday: The 30th NFL Superbowl (10am, ABC) is live from Phoenix, Arizona. Brigitte Duclos (pictured) takes over as host as chat show Monday To Friday (3.30pm, Ten) returns for the new year. In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), time is running out for Irene (Lynne McGranger) to save Selina (Tempany Deckert). In the series debut of drama Pacific Drive (9.30pm, Nine), Sonia Kingsley sets off on her ritual morning jog and by the time she realises the beach vehicle is speeding towards her it’s too late. The series then continues with regular episodes at 11pm Monday and Wednesday nights.

Tuesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Karl (Alan Fletcher) and Susan (Jackie Woodburne) are upset that Libby (Kym Valentine) had to seek help from a counsellor. Lifestyle show Better Homes And Gardens (7.30pm, Seven) and travel series The Great Outdoors (8pm, Seven) return for a new year.

Wednesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Annalise (Kimberley Davies) leaves Ramsay Street and shares a sad goodbye with Sam (Richard Grieve).

Thursday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Shane (Dieter Brummer) and Angel (Melissa George) decide it’s time to leave Summer Bay. Wild Life With Olivia Newton-John (7.30pm, Nine) reports on the fight to defend the habitat of the sloth in Brazil; the baboons of the rugged Drakenberg Mountains in Africa; and the tracking and filming of the hatching eggs of the jabiru in Queensland.

Friday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Luke (Bernard Curry) notices an attraction between Brett (Brett Blewitt) and Judy Bergman (Merridy Eastman).

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 13 January 1996. Pacific Publications Pty Ltd.

 

 

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